Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Book finds: April 2017

Each month I showcase books that I've loved reading. Some of them might be best sellers, but the majority of them won't be. April has been a difficult month, so I only have two to share with you and they are both by an author I've just discovered: Harry Bingham.

They are:

Why do I love them? The main character, DC Fiona Griffiths is just wonderful. Very quirky, totally unlike any other police character I've come across before and very, very funny at times. I love the way her mind works and how she sees things so differently sometimes. The books are tightly plotted and with lots of twists and turns and an enjoyable read throughout. I've been reading a lot of crime recently and these are far and away the best I've read in a while. I hope you enjoy them too!


Talking to the Dead

From Amazon:
A crime you'll always remember. A detective you'll never forget.
A young girl is found dead. A prostitute is murdered. And the strangest, youngest detective in the South Wales Major Crimes Unit is about to face the fiercest test of her short career.
A woman and her six-year-old daughter are killed with chilling brutality in a dingy flat. The only clue: the platinum bank card of a long-dead tycoon, found amidst the squalor.
DC Griffiths has already proved herself dedicated to the job, but there's another side to her she is less keen to reveal. Something to do with a mysterious two-year gap in her CV, her strange inability to cry - and a disconcerting familiarity with corpses.
Fiona is desperate to put the past behind her but as more gruesome killings follow, the case leads her back into those dark places in her own mind where another dead girl is waiting to be found...
One of the bits that made me laugh out loud in this book was when DC Griffiths was being obnoxious and passive-aggressive. I mean - we've all either done this, or wanted to do this...
DC Griffiths is meeting with some forensic accountants who aren't (initially) being helpful.
"We squabble for a bit, but I hang tough. I make it sound as though the 40k gap is their fault, which it isn't. As though DCI Matthews is pissed off, which he isn't. Just to make my arguments even more effective - and to annoy the female accomplice - I seize the moment to make a mess of the papers in front of me. No right angles anywhere now. No rows of anything. She's feeling twitchy.
Eventually, I win."
The second book in the series is "Love Story, With Murders"

From Amazon:
A freezing cold winter. A dead body from the past. A tale of love - and murder.
A human leg is discovered in a suburban freezer. The victim is a teenage girl killed some ten years earlier. But then other body parts start appearing. And these ones are male, dark-skinned, and very fresh...
Is this a tangled tale of love gone wrong? Or are there more sinister lines connecting the dead bodies to a recent tragedy in a Cardiff prison, and an engineering company that's up to a whole lot more than is first apparent?
Fiona Griffiths starts to investigate, in the midst of the coldest winter on record. Up in a remote cottage in the Welsh Black Mountains, she finds the data that contains the clue to the entire mystery. But, as the first snow starts to fall, she discovers that she's not alone...
I've loved both of these books and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I do love it when I find a new protagonist to love! Though don't read the books if you're not prepared to have a police officer who doesn't always play by the book!